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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway for Bayou Book Thief by Ellen Byron

Bayou Book Thief 

(A Vintage Cookbook Mystery) 

by Ellen Byron

About Bayou Book Thief

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series  
Setting - New Orleans Louisiana  
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Berkley (June 7, 2022)  
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593437616 
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593437612  
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09FPJHVGK 

A fantastic new cozy mystery series with a vintage flair from USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award–winning author Ellen Byron. 

Twenty-eight-year-old widow Ricki James leaves Los Angeles to start a new life in New Orleans after her showboating actor husband perishes doing a stupid internet stunt. The Big Easy is where she was born and adopted by the NICU nurse who cared for her after Ricki’s teen mother disappeared from the hospital. 

Ricki’s dream comes true when she joins the quirky staff of Bon Vee Culinary House Museum, the spectacular former Garden District home of late bon vivant Genevieve “Vee” Charbonnet, the city’s legendary restauranteur. Ricki is excited about turning her avocation – collecting vintage cookbooks – into a vocation by launching the museum’s gift shop, Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware. Then she discovers that a box of donated vintage cookbooks contains the body of a cantankerous Bon Vee employee who was fired after being exposed as a book thief.

The skills Ricki has developed ferreting out hidden vintage treasures come in handy for investigations. But both her business and Bon Vee could wind up as deadstock when Ricki’s past as curator of a billionaire’s first edition collection comes back to haunt her. 

Will Miss Vee’s Vintage Cookbooks and Kitchenware be a success … or a recipe for disaster?

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I fell in love with Byron's other cozy series so I was more then ready to give this new one a chance. We meet Ricki who returned home to New Orleans after things went bad in California where she lived. Hoping to escape all of that she returns to her maiden name while attempting to open Jer dream store of selling vintage cookbooks and cooking supplies at Bon Vee the historic museum tour home. Things start out great a woman turns up dead making them have to close. Ricki just wants to work but the media figures out who she really is things take a turn. Worried for her job she starts looking into things in an effort to figure thins out. This makes for fabulous story as it all plays out. Sure to be enjoyed by cozy fans especially if you want some Southern flair along with it. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About Ellen Byron

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty Awards for Best Humorous Mystery. Bayou Book Thief will be the first book in her new Vintage Cookbook Mysteries. She also writes the Catering Hall Mystery series under the name Maria DiRico.

Ellen is an award-winning playwright, and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly Odd Parents. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. An alum of New Orleans’ Tulane University, she blogs with Chicks on the Case, is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America and will be the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster. Please visit her at

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